Spotify's Greenroom Creator Fund closes, after not paying out

Still, one company benefited from it. Plus, new censorship rules and new ways to censor
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  • In June 2021, Spotify announced the Spotify Greenroom Creator Fund for US creators to “support and reward creators for the communities they build and the experiences they create”, as part of the launch of Spotify Greenroom. However, the fund never launched; and yesterday, Spotify emailed applicants, admitting that the program had been cancelled.

    • While the launch website's FAQs promised that the Fund would begin payouts “later in summer” 2021, the website still said “later in summer” in Oct 2021, and by Mar 2022, it had been amended to say that the Fund “goes live in 2022”. We can find no evidence that the fund ever paid out any money.
    • Spotify has a track record of announcing exciting things that never materialise but which have the effect of improving its share price. In this case, the Spotify Greenroom Creator Fund, and app, allowed Spotify to outperform the market on its launch day by 0.13% (adding around $60m to its market capitalisation).
  • Spotify has quietly rolled-out a new misinformation policy that says it may hide shows, or in their words “restrict content’s discoverability”. NiemanLab has discovered the company’s new rules, which Spotify have yet to announce: and nor have they added them to their public Platform Rules page.

  • Will podcast content be regulated? The Brookings Institution has written a document that highlights current platform policies, describes how Spotify and Apple allow listeners to report shows, and suggests areas that policy-makers might focus on.

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